Palawan gets first batch of butlers

Team Out of Town Blog Hub ( – The province of Palawan, consistently voted as World’s Best Island by prestigious international organizations and publications, is finally getting its first batch of butlers after the Department of Tourism-Mimaropa Region recently held a butler training at Hotel Centro Puerto Princesa City.

Hotel Centro Puerto Princesa
Hotel Centro Puerto Princesa

The first of its kind in the country, the trailblazing program aims to help the archipelagic province keep in step with the demands and challenges in the local hospitality industry. Palawan has hosted global conferences and high-profile events in recent years.

DOT assistant secretary Christopher Morales said that the training is part of its Upscaling Hotel Services, which seeks to create a corps of competent butlers who will provide world-class service and experience to VIP guests.

Palawan gets first batch of butlers
Palawan gets first batch of butlers

The training had 26 participants from DOT-accredited hotels in Puerto Princesa, as well as luxe resorts Banwa Private Island Resort in Roxas and Lihim Resort in El Nido.

Dubbed as the “Gentleman’s gentleman,” the butler provides highly-personalized service which is powerful and dynamic and seeks to exceed guest expectations and translate to customer loyalty.

DOT butler training in Puerto Princesa City
DOT butler training in Puerto Princesa City

Resource persons included ASEAN Master Trainer Dr. Santos Buenvenida and Hotel Centro operations manager Art Cayanan, who once served as butler to Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah during his state visits to the Philippines.

To sustain the program’s momentum, the participants organized the butler association of Palawan and elected and inducted its officers during the event’s closing ceremonies.

DOT Butler Training in Palawan
DOT Butler Training in Palawan

The DOT intends to replicate the butler training in the county’s top tourist destinations to further enhance the Filipino brand of service excellence in the hospitality industry to global standards.

In the photo are DOT Mimaropa regional director Atty Bevienne Malateo and chief tourism operating officer Cecil Aranton being served by butler trainees.

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